Create The Life You Want To Live

📷 Peechaya Burroughs

📷 Peechaya Burroughs

When you woke up this morning did you take some time to think about what your day would look like?  Or did you just head straight for the coffee machine and check your email?

The morning is a powerful time where we can set ourselves up with intention for the day ahead; rather than just slipping into a long to do list, possibly still a bit aimless as to what your priorities are, and how to get it all done.

Living intentionally means choosing what will serve you to bring out your highest potential.

We’re living in a 24//7 world with constant stimulation and it’s not about to slow down, so we are in a position where we consciously need to consider what we want to choose to create our daily life to look like.

When you first wake up you are at the most suggestive to new impressions or thought. 

However, many of us these days sleep with the phone beside our bed, and the first thing we’re doing when we wake up is check our emails, messages, the news or social media.  We’re inundated from the moment we open our eyes, and thrown into a type of chaos. 

You can choose to do it differently though, as we have the opportunity to set up our morning, and the day ahead in a pro-active, positive way.

When you wake up, rather than reaching for the phone, either in bed with the eyes still closed, or perhaps getting up and taking some quiet time on the couch, take some deep breaths and ask yourself the following questions. 

What am I grateful for this morning?

How do I want to feel today? 

What do I want to create today?

This only takes a few minutes and you may choose to write down your answers or not.  However, handwriting is a powerful way of cementing your thoughts, as it activates a neural circuit in the brain for recognition and remembrance.

So what do the 3 questions mean?

What am I grateful for this morning?

When you tune into gratitude you’re taking time consider what you already have, and appreciating it, rather than coming from a place of lack.  It gives perspective and an awareness for the good in your life.  It might be as simple as “I’m grateful for this bed I’ve been able to sleep in”, or even “I’m breathing and I’m alive”, is a pretty powerful one that we often forget.  I love the saying, “If I’m awake and I’m breathing then it’s a good day.”

How do you want to feel today? 

Perhaps you want to feel peaceful, or energetic, or creative, or happy, or nurtured.  What decisions do you need to make to have this in your life?  Tuning into this simple awareness can lead to approaching your day in a different way.

For example, if you want to feel peaceful, heading to a noisy café with a colleague for lunch might not be the best option.  Instead you might want to take your lunch to the office, head to the park, and be in nature.

If you want to feel energized you might choose to go to a cardio box class where there’s lots of loud pop music to get you going, rather than a gentle yoga class.

There’s no right or wrong, but it’s about having an awareness of what you want to feel, what is going to best serve you, and tuning into what the body and mind might need.  What suited you yesterday, might not be appropriate for this new day, so connecting inwards to listen to your inner knowing can be powerful. 

What do I want to create today? 

If we know what we want to do, or create, it makes it easier to plan our day around it.  We set forth our intention! 

I actually like to have 3 priorities for the day.  Then my to do list is shaped around these, rather than the other way around, where I might get lots of stuff done, but not what’s important. 

I also find when I know what my priorities are and have them written down, they have much more of a tendency to happen, and if for some reason they haven’t, it’s usually been a conscious choice of the way the day has evolved, especially as I always like to leave room for a little magic to happen. 

The day can either happen to you, or you have the opportunity to create your day. 

Ultimately the way we choose to spend our time is up to us, what we say yes to and what we say no to, however until we are clear on what our priorities are, it's difficult to move into our day with clarity.  We do have the power though to create the day we desire.  

Setting yourself up for more intentional living, helps you not only be able to feel more connected to yourself and your world, but it builds your dreams on a day by day basis.  It makes sure that the things that are important to you, whether that be your children, relationship, health, or artistic project don’t get lost in the day to day chaos of life.

You have the opportunity to create the life you want to live everyday.